Status Cymbal - String Quartet
STATUS CYMBAL is the String Quartet with a difference. As well as playing the works of Mozart, Beethoven and all the other great composers for the medium, it is also able to bring the same dedication of performance to its own unique library of sparkling and witty arrangements of all kinds of popular music from Opera through Swing and Jazz to the great Musicals, Pop hits and Rock classics, including tunes by the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Abba and many more.
We are available for concerts, weddings, product launches and all other kinds of function both corporate and private, together with entertaining in hotels and restaurants and on board cruise liners. Whatever the occasion, you can be assured of a fully professional approach, at a very competitive price, to ensure the success of your event.
"Banish all previous conceptions of a string quartet from your mind - Status Cymbal are definitely different. They gave us a brilliant classical first half programme then a fun packed romp through the 20th Century in the second half. It was a pleasure having them with us and their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by our audience of over 800 members".
Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society
Having now performed at over one thousand weddings in our eighteen-year history, STATUS CYMBAL has the experience and expertise to provide for so important an event. We understand that this is your special day, and that our music will add that finishing touch to create the perfect atmosphere of a truly wonderful occasion.
Our uniquely extensive repertoire stretches from Vivaldi to the Verve. An entirely classical approach is often popular, as is a preference for completely modern pop and rock music. A mixture of all styles, from Baroque through Opera, Jazz and Musicals to recent hits is also available. You will almost certainly find that favourite number to make your wedding truly personal, but in the unlikely event that your tune is not already in our playlist, we can arrange it especially for the occasion.
If you require the quartet to play for your ceremony, we can give you specialist advice on the music to be played while your guests are assembling, the bride?s entrance, the signing of the register and the recessional. If you have chosen to have a traditional church wedding, we also have the ability to accompany hymns you may have selected.
We have performed at a many of the major UK wedding venues, including prestigious hotels such as the Ritz and Claridges, as well as a considerable number of countrywide stately homes. In fact, having also entertained at a wedding in the famous wine-producing Chateau Lafitte in Bordeaux, it is our proud boast that distance is no object, and we are also entirely at home in more conventional, perhaps less prominent surroundings.
Different packages are available to suit all requirements and pockets. The ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast, all can be enhanced with music chosen by the happy couple. STATUS CYMBAL has the know-how to create the desired atmosphere.
As one of the UK?s busiest and most sought-after professional quartets, and with more than eighteen years of experience, STATUS CYMBAL has the ability and panache to enhance the ambience of every kind of event, however formal or informal the occasion. A keen sense of the requisite style, achieved by close liaison with the client, ensures that Status Cymbal will be playing the right music in the right place and at the right time. The quartet has provided music for functions in venues including Althorp, Claridges, the London Ritz, Highclere Castle and Pinewood Studios where guest lists have included the Princess Royal, Cleo Laine, Lord Sainsbury, Pavarotti, Bob Geldof, Keith Richards, Steve Redgrave, David Gower and Boy George. The UK premiere of the Hollywood movie The Royal Tenenbaums, the re-launches of O2 and Audos, the corporate event organisers, as well as the magazine Men's Health's search for a new cover model all saw STATUS CYMBAL providing the music. Always, special care is taken to match the music to the wishes of the engager, thus creating the appropriate mood and atmosphere however extrovert or intimate the occasion might be.
Classical Cabaret / Recital
A STATUS CYMBAL recital is a unique occasion. The members, who were all trained at one of London's three most respected music colleges, strongly retain their classical roots and delight in presenting a traditional-style first half, in formal concert attire with works by the classical masters. Recent performances of quartets by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Borodin have enjoyed considerable critical acclaim. During the interval the quartet slip into something a little more comfortable and encourage their audience to sit back and listen to music in a lighter vein. These second-half programmes often take on a theme, suggestions to be found below. Of course, STATUS CYMBAL can also provide a full classical recital, having done so on a number of occasions when requested.
Around the World in 50 Minutes
Mostly light or light-classical pieces (at least one from every continent 'well perhaps not Australia!) though we often play Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody by popular demand 'audience choice to be 'Modes of Transport'.
Songs from the Shows
Everything from Gershwin to Lloyd Webber via Kern, Berlin, Bernstein, Rogers and many others. Audience choice from a selection of favourite Gershwin tunes.
20th Century Remembered in Popular Song
From Music Hall to Hollywood Blockbuster. A number from every decade of the last century / audience choice / Hits from the 60's.
Music from all (well almost all!) your best-loved films, includes Schindler's List, The Pink Panther, The Great Escape, famous Westerns and classic screen musicals. Audience choice - favourite TV themes.
At the Grand Hotel
'Palm Court' gems from an era of bygone elegance' but the promoter has to find the appropriate props (a palm in a pot will do!). Audience choice from a medley of light classical 'Lollipops' by the likes of Elgar, Faur, Scott Joplin, Massenet etc.
A Musical Kaleidoscope
All the colours of the rainbow in musical form, from Lady in Red to Mood Indigo. As so many songs concern the colour blue, we leave the choice to the audience!
Gershwin & Friends
Music from Scott Joplin to Leonard Bernstein. Audience choice ? favourite Gershwin song.